How to Connect a Samsung TV to the Internet

Updated April 17, 2017

Samsung has posted how-to guides on the Internet to help you connect your television to your home network. These step-by-step instructions come with pictures of set-up screens that you will see on your own TV. If you need to troubleshoot, you can reach out to technical support agents on the Samsung website, as well as a Samsung forum on CNET.

Connect the cable. Plug the Ethernet cable into the LAN port on the back of your television. Insert the other end of the cable into your home network. To do this, you connect the cable to either a modem or router or to an Ethernet jack in the wall.

Test the connection. Turn the TV on. Press the “Menu” button on the remote control. Choose “Setup” and press “Enter.” Then select “Network Test” and press “Enter.” The TV will test the network for an Internet connection. Green and yellow lights on the LAN port will blink if the connection is good.

If the lights do not blink, there is no connection. Reset the system. Turn off the TV. Unplug the modem and router. Wait 30 seconds then plug in the modem. Wait one minute to plug the router back in. Power the TV on. Run the network test again.

If the TV still does not detect a connection, replace the cable.

Press the “Menu” button on the remote control. Select “Setup” and press the “OK” button. Then press “Network selection” and “OK.” Depending on your home network, select “Cable” or “Wireless” and press “OK.” Press “End” to leave the menu.

Use Automatic Configuration for a wired or wireless network. Return to “Menu” button on remote control. Select “Setup” and press “OK.”

For a wired network, select “Cable Network Setup” from the menu and press “OK” on the remote control. Choose “Internet Protocol Setup” and press “OK.” On the final screen, choose “Auto Setup” and press “OK.” Use the “End” button to leave the menu.

For a wireless network, select “Wireless Network Setup” instead of “Cable Network Setup.” Follow the same steps as you would for a wired network.

Select access point to configure a wireless network. Press the “Menu” button on the remote control. Choose “Setup” and press “OK.” Select “Access Point Select” and press “OK.” A list of access points should come up. Choose your preferred access point and press “OK.” Once the connection is made, the set-up screen should disappear. If the access point that you want does not show up on the list, then search for other access points by using the red button on the remote control.

Test the network configuration. For a wired network, go to “Setup," go to the “Cable Network Setup” menu and press “OK.” Choose “Network Test” and press “OK.” The Network Test display screen will appear. The required elements of the system are tested, and the status of the network configuration is displayed. A successful test will show a check mark beside each element. Press “End” to finish.

For a wireless network, go to “Setup," the “Wireless Network Setup” menu and press “OK.” Choose “Network Test” and press “OK.” The Network Test screen will show that required elements are tested as well as the status of the network configuration. Press “End” to finish.


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Things You'll Need

  • Internet connection
  • Ethernet cable
  • Router
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Kay Tang is a journalist who has been writing since 1990. She previously covered developments in theater for the "Dramatists Guild Quarterly." Tang graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Yale University and completed a Master of Professional Studies in interactive telecommunications at New York University.